One very productive, not to mention entertaining panel was on branding by Hajj E. Flemings, author of "The Brand YU." During his presentation, Hajj circulated through the audience Oprah-style and fired questions about slides of a variety of products.
The Blogging Life
June 25, 2009
June 23, 2009
Angel started the blog as a hobby and built it into one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2008. The blog covers black celebrities and gossip that for such a long time were ignored by other gossip sites. Now she says she gets 700,000 unique visitors a day and makes $250,000 a year with her blog.
Angel was part of a panel about making money online and she had some great tips for bloggers:
- Never work with just one ad company. She works with six.
- Figure out who reads your site and get feedback about your site using polls.
- Remember that keeping readership can be harder than getting it.
Here's more advice from Angel. On what happens when big success comes:
June 22, 2009
"Fish where your buyers swim," said Milton Haynes of Blacks Gone Geek.
Before you hit publish, check your headline, "That's the most strategic choice you're about to make," said Megan Tady of Save The Internet.com.
"Own your digital real estate," said Hajj E. Flemings, branding expert and author of "The Brand YU Life."
These quotes came from presenters at last weekend's 2nd annual Blogging While Brown conference held at the University Center in Chicago. It's the kind of advice that's important for all bloggers but the attendees of BWB got that and much more.
BWB was launched last year by blogger Gina McCauley of the blogs What About Our Daughters and Michelle Obama Watch. During her closing remarks this year she said, "My goal is to give you the tools and connections to do whatever you want to do."
The weekend kicked off with a Beginners Blogging Boot Camp on Friday to teach newbies the nuts and bolts of starting a blog. The main event took place Saturday and covered a more advanced range of topics. For example, "Using The Latest Tech Tools To Grow Your Blog," "Building A Strong Personal Brand Online," and "What's Next For Traditional Media?"
Now you might ask yourself, isn't that the kind of stuff all bloggers would like to learn? What's the point of having a blogging conference for just people of color?
As part of my BlogHer coverage of the 2009 Blogging While Brown conference in Chicago last weekend, I did several video interviews with attendees. Up first is an interview with Cheryl Contee of the blog Jack and Jill Politics.
I'll have more video interviews, photos and posts on the conference up and running as soon as my little fingers can type them. Stay tuned.
June 20, 2009
How does the song go? "Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town..."
The weather hasn't been very cooperative, but even with all the rain and thunderstorms, it's still raining less than it was in New York when I left. And I can't complain too much because I got enough sun yesterday to get in an architectural boat tour of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan in a Seadog speed boat.
Our tour guide was Heather, an English major at the University of Chicago. She writes her own material and she was not only informative but very funny. She told us about the "black and boxy," "boxy and black" style of architecture, but also about all the other creative designs that trim the Chicago skyline.
There's the triangular shaped building that's a prison with an exercise yard on top, the three cloverleaf-like Lake Point Tower, the twin corn cob shaped towers that make up Marina City, and of course the third highest building in the world, the Sears Tower.
After seeing those buildings from the water yesterday, it was great to see another perspective of them today from the top of the Sears Tower itself.
I got there before the skies opened up so the visibility, though not ideal, was good enough for an exciting experience.
Call me naive, but for some reason I was startled by the airport-like security we had to go through to get to the observation deck. Of course, I shouldn't have been, but it caught me off guard.
Several of those landmarks I've seen from the back of Chicago Transit buses the last couple of days. Yesterday I took the bus to the very cool Navy Pier and today I took a ride through the South Side of Chicago to the Dusable Museum of African American History.
I figured since it was pouring rain when I left, a museum day was just the ticket. But of course as soon as I spent forty-five minutes on the bus getting there, the weather had turned bright and sunny.
Two women got into a fight on the bus, which made me feel quite at home. The bus driver made me pay twice because I took the bus in the wrong direction to the end of the line and then wanted to take the same bus back. Considering I only went about seven stops the wrong way, I thought she might have given me a break.
The museum was interesting, but just okay. I get the feeling it's still a work in progress and hopefully their collections will expand after their new wing is opened. Most of the exhibits were either African in origin or displays of artifacts from the civil rights movement. There was also a tribute to blacks in the military and a small gallery showcasing paintings and sculptures by black artists. I was disappointed because I thought the exhibits of paintings and sculptures would be more extensive.
The most startling thing at the museum? A moving, life size, seated figure of the late Mayor Harold Washington that at first appeared to be real. It scared the life out of a six year old who started screaming when she saw it and I sympathized 'cause an animatronic Harold Washington wasn't at all what I'd expected.
That's enough for now. I'll have more on my Chicago travels, and of course the Blogging While Brown conference later today and tomorrow.
June 09, 2009
But all of a sudden BlogHer '09 is here and I'm getting myself ready for another rip roaring weekend with the BlogHers and BlogHims of America and beyond.
Since this year's conference is in Chicago--a town I've only seen for ten minutes from the back of a taxi cab during a layover at O'Hare--I'm jazzed to get to know Chi-town a lot better.
In fact my first real trip to Chicago won't be BlogHer '09, but Blogging While Brown '09 which is being held June 19-20th.
Coincidentally, this year's BWB is also in Chicago. BlogHer is one of the sponsors of BWB and I'll be representing them and publishing several posts from there beginning next week.
But back to BlogHer, in the next two weeks there are going to be pre-BlogHer meet-ups in several cities for attendees to get together before the conference and last weekend I had the chance to meet some amazing women from the NYC area.
The meet-up was only supposed to be a couple of hours but we were having such a good time, we went far beyond that. We talked about movies, TV, politics, technology and of course blogging!
We organized the meet-up via the NYC Area BlogHer Group which now has 49 members. Be sure to join if you're a NYC blogger and would like to stay in touch with other gotham bloggers.
Here's a list of the attendees at our meet-up and their blogs. Definitely check them out!
The Bronx Bohemian of the blog: Bronx Bohemian
The Evil Slutes of the blog: Evil Slutopia
Bri of the blog: Unwellness
Jena of the blog: Jena Wellness
Jennifer of the blog: Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology
I've never had so much fun with a bohemian, evil sluts, the unwell, the well, the unwired and the connected!
So keep an eye out for my posts from Blogging While Brown and BlogHer and if you're going to be at either conference, let me know so we can stay in touch!
May 04, 2009
Have you heard of Poken? No? You're not alone.
A Poken is a little USB thingie that allows you to exchange contact and social media information with someone else who has a Poken. When you meet someone you have your two Pokens "shake hands" and presto, all the contact information you want your new friend to have is transferred. You keep your information on the Poken website database and access it anytime you want.
Now with BlogHer '09 coming up in July, there's been lots of buzz about how many Pokens might attend along with their BlogHer mistresses. I've already got my cute little business cards printed and ready to go, but as I heard more about the Poken craze I began to wonder if I might find myself out of the technological loop come conference time.
So I decided to enter Denise's contest over at Flamingo House Happenings to win a free Poken.
To enter you have to write a post saying who you would most like to Poken at BlogHer '09. In other words, who you'd most like to exchange contact information with if you owned your very own Poken. So here I go. You reading, Denise?
The person, or rather people I'd most like to Poken at BlogHer '09 are all those women at the back of the room during that first opening address by Lisa, Jory and Elisa, who are a little nervous, or maybe a little afraid of what they've gotten themselves into.
Henry Fonda in the great film about the Depression, "The Grapes Of Wrath" says at the end of the movie--and I'm paraphrasing: "Wherever there's a guy beatin' up on another guy, I'll be there. Wherever there's a mother would can't feed her starving baby, I'll be there."
What he means is, wherever there's injustice, he'll fight it.
Well thank goodness I don't expect to have to fight injustice at BlogHer '09 but I would like to make it a little easier for new attendees. If I had my own Poken, I'd make an effort to seek out newbie Poken carrying BlogHers.
Wherever there's a shy lady in the corner of the ballroom wondering if she should sit down, I'll be there. Wherever there's a woman breastfeeding a baby and doesn't know if she'll ever be able to get to know anyone while carrying around a four month old, I'll be there. Wherever there's a newbie who hasn't even gotten her first blog post published yet, I'll be there.
So kinda like Henry, I will fight the injustice of BlogHer isolationism--Poken in hand.
April 21, 2009
Over the weekend I got all kinds of grief because of a post I wrote last week about "Grey's Anatomy."
Since I've been blogging, I've been fortunate to have a nice, sane readership who if they disagree with me do so with candor, yet respect. I've made mistakes, people have pointed them out, I correct them. I make bold statements, people might disagree, we comment back and forth and then we're done.
Nothing mean, nothing insulting, nothing vicious.
Until last weekend.
After checking my stats I noticed quite a few hits coming from an ABC "Grey's Anatomy" forum. I'm not linking to it, because I don't want to, but let's just say, a bunch of members in the forum took offense to my dislike of a particular character. They also saw that I'd made a mistake about where a particular scene in an episode I referenced was located. This after someone posted a huge chunk of my post in the forum.
My first instinct was to correct the mistake in the post and then leave the whole issue alone. I probably would have if they hadn't posted so much of my post. Part of me was also kind of pissed that they hadn't left their comments on the post here, where I could respond to them.
It had the distasteful feeling of a high school lunch break where all the cool girls were talking about the lone geek girl behind her back.
Have I mentioned that I hated high school?
Now I know that forums are a whole other animal than blogs. They have their own regular peeps, their own biases and newcomers are not often welcomed. Especially when they don't agree with the general consensus of the crowd.
Some of them are like the Wild West when it comes to verbal shootouts. I'd just never had to strap on a six shooter before.
April 18, 2009
You must have heard by now that Oprah Winfrey is now on Twitter. Is you haven't, you obviously don't have access to televisions, radios, cellphones, newspapers or computers.
Y'all know I love Oprah, so I'm thrilled that when I tweet about my commuter train being two hours late, there's a one in one hundred million chance that she might read it.
The funniest tweet I saw about the grand event came from BlackTwitterati a couple of days ago. As you can see I made sure to retweet it:
The other big Twitter news was that Ashton Kutcher beat out CNN to the one million follower mark. He used that new found power to promote the purchase of malaria nets for countries that can't afford them. Congratulations Ashton!
Elsewhere on the internet, the New York Times reports that YouTube has signed deals with several Hollywood studios to stream TV shows and movies on their website. What does this mean? A couple of things.
April 08, 2009
I'm not usually big on blog exercises. They're kind of like all those blog awards out there: numerous and meaningless.
But Problogger's 31 Days To Building A Better Blog challenge seemed a cut above, so that's why I signed up. The challenge is run by Darren Rowse, the founder of Problogger and it involves daily lessons and exercises on building a better blog.
The challenge began yesterday, but I'm going to try to combine some of the exercises into combo posts. For example yesterday's assignment was to write an elevator pitch: a short, yet descriptive summary of your blog that you can recite to someone in the time it takes to ride an elevator.
Here's the elevator pitch I wrote for Megan's Minute:
Megan's Minute is like the Consumer Reports of media, except lots more fun. Television, movies, news, online video, I rate and rank them all. There are TV snap recaps, movie and book reviews and even my latest thoughts on the very annoying Wolf Blitzer. My smart, sassy point of view on the world of entertainment is what Megan's Minute is all about.
I'm not totally happy with it, but on short notice, it's good enough.
So what possible list post could I come up with so quickly? I just came from my accountant, so I thought maybe a list on why I like him so much. Or how about a list of reasons why I shouldn't be watching "American Idol?" Or a list of why my "Damages" recaps still aren't written?
Finally, after watching "The David Letterman Show" I made my decision. My list?
10 Reasons I Don't Like Comedian Will Ferrell:
- Hollywood acts like he's the only man left on the planet who can do comedy.
- He probably gets paid more per movie than Charlie Chaplin did in his whole lifetime.
- "Bewitched." (I paid full price.)
- "The Producers." (I paid full price.)
- "Blades Of Glory." (I also paid full price.)
- That goofy, receding hair.
- "W's" out of a job, why isn't he?
- I have a sneaking suspicion he's gonna try a Schwarzenegger and really run for office.
- I have another sneaking suspicion he thinks he can really act.
- He encourages all those other no talents on "Saturday Night Live" to think they actually have a comedy movie career ahead of them.
Two days down, 29 to go.
March 22, 2009
*An interview with "Project Runway" finalist Korto Momolu at Mahogany Butterfly. Read about what she's up to next.
*At Aunt Jemima's Revenge, there's a post about the lack of black people on primetime TV. Come on Hollywood! What is the problem? I know you're all afraid of taking risks---ooooo, I'm scared!---but NBC would be ripe to do something different since no one's watching them anyway. Aunt Jemima has a boatload of ideas for you in her post. Just make sure you put her name on a check when you use them.
Last year I wrote a post about the USA cable show, "In Plain Sight" and how it should have had a woman of color in the lead. Just this morning, Whoopi Goldberg was saying on "The View" that every movie role she's had were written for white actors. Come on Hollywood! We've got a black President, for God sakes!
*If you haven't read Black and Married With Kids and you're black and married with kids--go read it. Even if you're not black or married or with kids.
*Just for fun, take a look at Daisy Church's Drawing A Day. That's what they are, daily drawings by Daisy. And they're cool.
*Twitter author guidelines by Karel Vredenburg on his blog. Just because Twitter only allows tweets to be a maximum of 140 characters, doesn't mean those characters shouldn't be well chosen.
*I got that previous link via @GrammarGirl on Twitter, and she had her own great suggestions about writing on Twitter.
*Speaking of BlogHer, the annual conference in July has sold out. You can still get on a waiting list, but if you've wait too long, you might be out of luck.
* Finally a special thanks to Gena Haskett of Out On The Stoop for coming up with the banner in my sidebar that says, "In Solidarity Kiss My Big Fat Ass!" It's in honor of Meghan McCain and was her response on "The View" to radio talk show host, Laura Ingraham for calling her fat. Ms. McCain decided to paraphrase Tyra Banks who gave the same message to the tabloids last year for picking apart a picture of her in a bathing suit.
Fat ass women united!
March 10, 2009
Did you know Leonardo DiCaprio is on Twitter? Ah lovely Leo...sigh. A heartthrob to millions of women for his role in "Titantic," and now a truly accomplished actor with a fine record of work on his resume including "Revolutionary Road," "The Departed," and "Blood Diamond."
Who wouldn't want to read every Twitter tidbit that materialized from Leo's lilting keyboard? I had the honor of tweeting with him myself last week:
There's only one problem...LeoDiCaprio1 is a fake. How do I know this? Two reasons.
March 09, 2009
This post was originally going to be about the mainstream media and online magazines, and how they play fast and loose when it comes to crediting bloggers. I was winding up for a good old rant and then...well, read on.
Last week I wrote a post for BlogHer called "Battlestar Galactica," A Frakking Good TV Show." I cross it posted here on Megan's Minute. It covered a bunch of things I love about the show, including the many great women characters. Throughout the post, I also linked to several other blogs and articles about BSG..
One of those links was to a post called, "'Battlestar Galactica' Continues Gynocide." It was written by Ariel Wetzel and posted on the Feminist SF blog on January 18, 2009. While reading through articles about BSG and looking for links for my post, I used the one from Feminist SF because it was the only one I found which argued that BSG wasn't such a great feminist show after all because of the number of women characters being bumped off.
I found the post by using Google Blog Search and then I was linked back to it from Alas, A Blog, and a post called "Battlestar Galactica and Sexism." There was also further discussion of the topic on a different Alas, A Blog post called "The Joys Of Juxtaposition."
Okay, so I write and publish my post, and go along my merry way. Then on March 5th I read a post on Slate called, "Chauvinist Pigs In Space, Why "Battlestar Galactica" is Not So Frakking Feminist After All" by Juliet Lapidos.*
March 01, 2009
I've been resisting meme mania. What is a meme, you ask? Well that's the same thing I asked when I first saw the word a couple of years ago.
Basically it's a list of questions on a topic that someone decides to answer. Often someone else then sees the list and they too decide to answer them. A meme variation is a list of answers to one question.
In my head I usually pronouce the word "meme" with two syllables, "meh-meh." But I've discovered it's either pronounced with one syllable and rhyming with dream, "meam," or one syllable and rhyiming with "mem" as in "memory."
Either way, I've successfully avoided them.
For example, recently there was a huge meme outbreak on Facebook where if you were tagged, you were supposed to write 25 random things about yourself and then send it to 25 people, tagging them, and asking them to do the same and so on.
Of course I was tagged but I conveniently slipped out the meme net by simply ignoring everyone who tagged me. I did that for two reasons:
First, if you read my blog, you'll discover 25 random things about me. Why should I have to write them out for you in a convenient list?
Joel Stein of the LA Times said it exactly right in his opinion piece, "25 Things Too Many:"
Second, it felt too much like a chain letter. One very important random thing about me? I always break chain letters.
So I saw no reason to continue what for me was a glorified chain letter.
Now, having just ranted about not doing the 25 Random Things meme, what am I about to do? Give you my list of 25 Writers Who've Influenced Me.
Why? Two reasons:
First, I was tagged by Verite Parlant of Whose Shoes Are These Anyway and though I've never met her, I like Verite quite a lot. She's smart, insightful and comments on my posts. Also, considering hers was one of the tags I ignored for the 25 Random Things, I owe her one.
Second, I like the idea of writing about writers who've influenced me. Also, I have no intention whatsoever of tagging 25 more people to do the same. If you read this and you love the idea, go at it, but that's the most I will do to guilt you into it.
So here in no particular order, high brow and low brow, from all kinds of media, are writers who've influenced me in large ways and small:
- William Shakespeare
- Dick Francis
- Elizabeth George (The Mystery Writer)
- Gillian Roberts
- Maya Angelou
- Jon Krakauer
- Tami Hoag
- Thomas Hardy
- William L. Shirer
- Bob Herbert
- Daphne Du Maurier
- Charlotte Bronte
- Jane Austin
- Zora Neale Huston
- Dorothy West
- Edith Wharton
- Selena Roberts
- John Steinbeck
- Joss Whedon
- Jane Espenson
- Alex Haley
- Lynda La Plante
- Amy Sherman-Palladino
- Stanley Crouch
- Grace F. Edwards
You can check out Verite's list here.
If you happen to write your own, send me a link and if I like it, I'll link to it.
February 14, 2009
Sometimes out of death comes life.
A month before I started Megan's Minute, a good friend of mine, I'll call him CR, had a stroke and died. He was 59 years old.
He was a brilliant, funny, often infuriating man who lived and breathed, photography, film and literature. He was proudly anti-social, unapologetically liberal and would have been as astounded as anyone to see that a black man was now President of the United States.
CR was also an incredible writer, but when he died, his novel was unpublished and his screenplays unmade. Only those of us who knew him well knew what a wonderfully entertaining and imaginative writer he was.
The last time I saw CR was months before he died. My last contact with him was exchanged emails the Christmas before he died saying how we had to get together soon.
After hearing of his death, I was devastated that the "get together" would never happen. And mixed in with the grief of his loss was the thought that no one else would ever read his work.
Why am I telling you this?
It's simple. I've always believed myself to be a writer. I've written stories, screenplays, and portions of novels, but never had the courage or the commitment to jump in feet first and find out if I had what it took to make a living as a writer.
After CR died, I discovered I desperately needed for someone to read my work. Even if it was only five people whose names I never knew.
I'd already been considering blogging thanks to my friend Island Girl. And after CR died, that was the push I needed to get me past the fear of my work not being good enough, or perfect enough, or whatever.
I chose Valentine's Day 2007 for my first post because it was a Valentine to myself. A commitment to myself, my work and what I hoped would be a new future.
So at 11:55PM--it took me until the end of the day to summon my courage--I clicked "post" and my first Megan's Minute post went live.
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January 22, 2009
Sometimes blog posts come from the strangest of circumstances. Like pissing off a big time TV producer.
Last fall I did a post here at Megan's Minute called "The New Beverly Hills 90210, A Lot Like the Old "Beverly Hills 90210," and I gave the show an okay review. I also referred to the excutive producer of the show as Rob Thomas of "Veronica Mars and Dawson's Creek" fame and mentioned that the old "90210" was produced by "Sex and the City's" Darren Star."
Well turns out I was wrong on both counts.
January 02, 2009
Banished words are looking for a bailout but will a game changer help them out? Not so much.
Every year Lake Superior State University comes up with a list of iconic words they'd like to banish. Since I had such fun with their list of maverick words last year, adding my own bon mots, I decided to comment on this year's list as well.
Among the words on their "34th annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness" that I totally agree with:
Winner of Five Nominations: With award season getting under way, it's a perfect time to mention this phrase which has bugged me for a while now. It's a classic ad technique that tries to make you remember the "winner" part and forget the "nominations" part. You don't win a nomination. You win an award.
Carbon Footprint: You know what? I try to recycle, I don't drive a gas guzzler and I don't smoke. Stop trying to make me feel guilty for living and breathing!
Desperate Search: This comes from the world of journalism and goes right along with my submission last year, "something went terribly wrong." An example: "Little Janey left her glasses at the playground and now police and her parents are on a desperate search for them. News at eleven."
Maverick and First Dude: These two come from the same, she who will not be named, Republican vice presidential nominee. To quote one of my own election tweets: Lady, I know James Garner. James Garner is a friend of mine. And you my friend, are no James Garner.
Staycation: Now kind of irrelevant because gas prices have collapsed to the $1.50 a gallon level.
Wall Street/Main Street: I don't live on Wall Street or Main Street so where does that leave me?
My own personal additions would be: "the 'F' bomb" and "the 'N' word." I don't have any alternatives but I don't like these. Oh I know. If we stop saying the "F" word and the "N" word, we won't need G-rated euphemisms. Now that's a thought.
The phrase "Not So Much" is also on the Lake Superior University list, but I like that one. I always think it makes me sound a teeny bit cooler and I can use all the cool I can muster.
In an effort to clean up my own writing house, I've made a commitment to eradicating my blog vocabulary of some words I habitually use. Words like "really," "definitely," "totally," and "not to mention." And yeah, I know I totally used totally at the beginning of this post.
You can see this year's complete list of banished words on the Lake Superior State University website.
What words would you add?
November 01, 2008
Okay ladies, the day we've all been waiting for has arrived. It's the day of the DonorsChoose Handbag Raffle!
Today one of four donors to my DonorsChoose Handbag Raffle Giving Page is going to win a brand new Nine West Handbag and have a link to their blog posted above the fold on Megan's Minute for the month of November.
It's such a gorgeous day, I'm holding this ceremony outside in my backyard. I've written the four names of my donors down on four different pieces of paper. After folding them into squares, I've place them in the handbag itself. Here we go.
Drum roll, please.......and the winner is......DEB!
Deb writes the blog Deb On The Rocks.
Oh my goodness! That was so exciting.
I'll be contacting Deb this afternoon and arranging to mail out her handbag. But in the meantime I want to thank my other donors, Fourth Breakfast of the blog Fourth Breakfast, Mata H, BlogHer CE and writer of the blog Time's Fool and Maria Niles, BlogHer CE and writer of the blog Consumer Pop.
With their help and the help of many others who donated from other giving pages, seven of the twelve public school projects on my giving page that needed funding got it. That's very cool.
I'm going to leave the rest of the projects that require funding up on my giving page and if you can spare a little, think about giving to one of these very worthy public school projects. I had a lot of fun with this handbag raffle, but the projects that were helped are very serious.
Thanks again to everyone and Deb, your bag is on its way!
October 31, 2008
Happy Halloween guys! Today is the final day of my DonorsChoose Handbag Raffle. You can buy a chance to win a brand new handbag with a donation of just $10 to my DonorsChoose Giving Page. In addition, if the winner has a blog, I will post a link to their blog, above the fold, on my site for the entire month of November.
My DonorsChoose Giving Page has several public school projects that need funding. For example Sing Along With Speech, is a project where one teacher would like to buy a karaoke machine to help with speech therapy for her students.
So pony up ladies and you might win a Nine West handbag. The drawing will be held tomorrow and I'll announce the winner in a post right afterward. I'll also mail the handbag free of charge to whoever wins it.
October 17, 2008
First thing in the morning, I got my name tag, introduced myself and plopped down at a table up front in the ballroom. The breakfast spread had plenty of choices: from fruit to pastry, to cereal to egg sandwiches to excellent coffee.
I was pleased to meet Candelaria Silva since I've read her thoughtful comments on BlogHer and have checked out her blog as well.
I took a look at the sponsor tables and got a bit of swag. Katie Greene of Playtex was there. She was one of our pub mates from the night before in Fitzwilliams.